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I have learned many lessons in my twenty-something years of life. I have learned how to save money and how to spend it, how to enjoy my time out as well as my time in. But, the most important lesson of them all is the importance of skincare!  In my earlier years, I  could never quite get the hang of a skincare routine. I didn’t know which products to pick, what ingredients they contained and, most importantly, how to make them affordable. I started having adult breakouts and was discouraged with every product that I had tried so far. It wasn’t until I decided to try my hand at some DIY skincare recipes that my whole outlook changed. I started out making an exfoliating scrub to clear my skin.  Within days I noticed my skin appeared brighter and smoother and I felt more confident with my natural look.  Soon my kitchen was full of fruits, vegetables, oils and creams. Not only was I seeing results, but I had a new hobby!


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Making your own skincare products to use in your daily routine has many benefits. The first benefit is knowing what is inside your products. Everyday cleansers and creams might contain some ingredients that are too harsh for your skin type or trigger negative reactions if you have severe allergies. Some have unknown ingredients or chemicals that are hard to pronounce. The best way to truly nurture your skin is to know what your putting on it, and making sure the ingredients are natural and fresh! Another benefit to DIY skincare is saving time and money. Most homemade products are created with items that can be found at your local grocery store or even your home. A final benefit of DIY skincare is allowing yourself to glow! Creating your own recipe is just as effective, if not more effective than using a store bought cleanser. Not only will you see results, but you will feel great too. Having clear, smooth skin is one of my favorite confidence boosters. I love showing off my fresh face after a homemade scrub to say, “Hey, I feel great about my skin and I’m proud of what I just used on it”.

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I love DIY skincare and vinas everywhere can too.  Here are some of my favorite homemade skincare products for you to try:


The first scrub that I ever tried was an exfoliating charcoal scrub.  It moisturizes your face while cleaning out clogged pores.  It’s also super easy to make!


1/2 cup coconut oil

3 charcoal capsules

1 tbsp. baking soda

Directions:  First, liquify your coconut oil by melting it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.  Next, empty all three charcoal capsules into your oil. Finally, add in your baking soda and mix the ingredients until you have a smooth paste. Apply this to a freshly washed face, scrub it thoroughly or leave it on for 15 minutes as a mask and there you have it!


While we all try to stay fluent with facial products, it is also just as important to take care of the rest of your skin as well. This body scrub will exfoliate and moisturize you from head to toe.


1/2 cup coffee grounds

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Use while in the shower by massaging the scrub onto dry skin areas. Store in a sealed container and use regularly for even exfoliation.


After a late night out you might be prone to puffy or dark under eye circles and wrinkles. Look awake with this easy DIY under eye treatment that you can make within minutes.


2 egg whites

5 drops of vitamin E essential oil

Directions: First, beat the egg whites until they become a frothy white substance. Once the egg whites are mixed, add in the drops of vitamin E. Using your fingers or a makeup brush, apply the mixture to the underneath of your eyes and leave on for 10 minutes.  Wash off and feel refreshed. (You can also cut cotton rounds in half and apply the mixture to the rounds. Easy under eye patches that you can keep in the refrigerator!)


The most important step to a brilliantly radiant face is moisturizer. You can apply it to a freshly washed face, as a makeup primer or just to have soft and smooth skin throughout the day. The benefits of moisturizer are endless.

Ingredients: 1 tbsp. coconut oil

10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I use lavender or tea tree oil)

1/4 tsp. vitamin E essential oil

1 tbsp. shea butter

Directions: First, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Next you are going to use a double boiler to heat up and melt all of the ingredients until you have one unified liquid. Finally you are going to wait for the mixture to cool down. Once it is cooled you can transfer it to a storage container and use it as needed. An easy everyday facial moisturizer.


One of my all time favorite products is a rose infused facial mist. It is great for a refreshment on a hot day or for a skin boost on a busy day. This mist is perfect for on the go skin care.


1/2 tsp. vitamin E essential oil

2 drops geranium essential oil

2 drops geranium essential oil

4 tbsp. rose water

3tbsp. distilled or coconut water

Optional: 1 tsp. aloe vera

2 drops ylang ylang essential oil

Directions: Mix together all essential oils and rose water, then pour into empty and clean spray bottle. Shake the bottle with all the ingredients then top off with distilled water.  Coconut water can be added for extra moisture if preferred. Finally, use the face mist as needed and instantly feel refreshed, cooled and moisturized with this DIY face mist.

What are your favorite homemade skincare products?  Let us know in the comments below and find a vina to make them with on the Hey! VINA app. 

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1 comment

  1. Great article with great advice! I am addicted to using an oil-free astringent constantly and really should try a different routine since I seem to “need” the astringent so often. And I especially like your simple treatment for dark under eye circles, something I deal with daily.


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